Report fraud

Austrade treats fraud prevention and detection within the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme seriously, in line with the Commonwealth Fraud Control Framework.

A Special Investigation Unit (SIU) operates within EMDG, and is dedicated to the prevention, detection and investigation of suspected fraud.

Where required, Austrade may obtain assistance from the Australian Federal Police. In cases where there is evidence that supports a prosecution, these matters are referred to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to be considered under the Prosecution Policy of the Commonwealth.

How to report suspected fraud

Information provided by members of the public is highly valued and helps Austrade ensure EMDG grants are paid only to members of the export community entitled to assistance.

If you wish to confidentially report suspected fraud related to the EMDG scheme, please contact the SIU by:

  • calling the EMDG Fraud Hotline on FreeCall 1800 006 352
  • sending an email to EMDG.fraudhotline@austrade.gov.au
  • sending a letter to:
    The Manager
    Special Investigations Unit
    Austrade
    GPO Box 5301
    Sydney NSW 2001

Please be sure to provide as much information as possible about the circumstances of the suspected fraud, including name and location of the company and the names of the persons involved.

Confidentiality

Austrade is committed to protecting the confidentiality of everyone who reports suspected fraudulent activity. Leaving a name and contact details are not necessary but it will help Austrade to investigate suspected fraud relating to the Export Market Development Grants scheme. Austrade is subject to the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Trade and Investment Commission Act 1985 which require that all confidential information is protected. As such, all records will be held securely and no information will be passed on to other departments or agencies except as privacy laws allow.